Jean M. McCarthy

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Jean M. McCarthy

Jean may have been destined to become a patent attorney – one of her grandfathers was an engineer who helped build the Mackinac Bridge, and her other grandfather was a U.S. bankruptcy judge. She enjoys applying her mechanical engineering background and her knowledge of intellectual property law to help Quinn IP Law clients successfully navigate the patent preparation and prosecution process. Focusing on the client’s goals, Jean strives to determine the most effective strategy to protect and reward their innovation both domestically and globally.

The enthusiasm of the inventive mind is always apparent in Jean’s clients, which range from solo inventors to large corporations. This enthusiasm inspires Jean’s relentless perseverance in working to add value to a client’s business. Whether it is drilling down into the details of a new invention to best present its unique attributes, or reviewing an entire patent portfolio in a particular technology, Jean is committed to providing the best strategic advice in a timely and cost-effective manner.

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Going above and beyond for each client is an expectation I have of myself. I have been honored to work with great clients that make this easy to do.

Practice Areas

  • Patent Prosecution
    • Mechanical and Manufacturing
    • Electrical and Software
    • Design
  • Patent Enforcement
    • Litigation Collaboration and Support
    • Patent Office Proceedings
  • Patent Portfolio Management
  • Technical Design and Consulting
    • Opinions and Strategic Counseling
    • Product Design, Development & Analysis
  • IP Due Diligence
  • Licensing & Joint Development
  • Startup and Early Stage Consulting
  • Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition

Education & Awards

  • J.D., University of Michigan
    • with honors
  • B.S., University of Michigan, Mechanical Engineering
    • with honors
  • ...
  • Named an IAM Patent 1000 2017 - World’s Leading Patent Professional
  • 2017 Women in the Law Honoree
    • Michigan Lawyers Weekly

Admissions & Memberships

  • Michigan
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • ...
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association

Community Service

Jean sponsors two children through an international charity, and participates in other local and firm-sponsored community and charity events.